The End of Scottish Independence?

Something momentous happened last week at the SNP conference…something that went largely unreported and unnoticed except from a brave few. Something which greatly saddens me.   As predicted on this blog two years ago the SNP have given up on Independence.  The dream is over.  Or rather the dream remains only as a dream.  It’s useful to motivate the troops but to all intents and purposes … Continue reading The End of Scottish Independence?

Quantum 11 | The Wee Flea Podcast – CAP; Grievance Studies; The Tartan Taliban; Children’s Gay Love Letters; Rev.Peter Nimmo; Tim Keller; Banksy

|1|  Christians Against Poverty. |2| Grievance studies. |3|  John Nicholson, SNP MP. |4|  Children writing gay love letters. |5|  Church of Scotland – Rev Peter Nimmo. |6|  Tim Keller & Crosspolitic. |7|  Banksy Auction Stunt. LISTEN HERE https://www.podbean.com/media/player/xsbnn-9c45ae?from=yiiadmin&download=1&version=1&skin=1&btn-skin=109&auto=0&share=1&fonts=Helvetica&download=1&rtl=0 Download this episode (right click and save) LINKS |1|  Christians Against Poverty. BBC – The Debt Saviours, Ronnie, Part 1 |2| Grievance studies. Premier Christianity – How these 3 … Continue reading Quantum 11 | The Wee Flea Podcast – CAP; Grievance Studies; The Tartan Taliban; Children’s Gay Love Letters; Rev.Peter Nimmo; Tim Keller; Banksy

A Revolutionary Question for the Evangelical Church (and the Participants at the “Sing” Conference)

There is a wonderful conference going on just now in Nashville – one that I would dearly love to be at! This could also be a revolutionary conference which may have a catalysing effect upon the whole American church. Keith Getty’s Sing will have 7,500 participants – mainly pastors and worship leaders. It will be addressed by people such as John MacArthur, Alistair Begg, John … Continue reading A Revolutionary Question for the Evangelical Church (and the Participants at the “Sing” Conference)

What’s the Danger of a Christian Ghetto Mentality? The Christian Music Scene….

This is a short reflection recorded in 2015 at ELF in Poland – I think its subject matter is more important than ever.  This was not a scripted or pre-prepared interview…I was asked the question live and this is the unedited response.  What do you think?   “Rather than being salt and light in the culture, we end up inventing our own culture, which itself … Continue reading What’s the Danger of a Christian Ghetto Mentality? The Christian Music Scene….

2001: A Space Oddity, a Human Masterpiece and a Spiritual Revelation

Last week Annabel and I went to see 2001 – A Space Odyssey at the extraordinary Hayden Orpheum – the cinema itself is an experience – but I was delighted just to be able to see this film which is invariably described as one of the most important and influential ever made.    I was so keen to see it and was thankful that Annabel … Continue reading 2001: A Space Oddity, a Human Masterpiece and a Spiritual Revelation

Persuasive Art

Art is one of the great unexplored areas for use in evangelism….Picasso said that ‘art is the lie that leads to the truth’. Human beings are artists, because we are made in the image of the great artist. By taking a broad sweep of modern European art (with particular reference to Picasso, Van Gogh, Kandinsky and Chagall) we want to show how art sometime reflects … Continue reading Persuasive Art

Persuasive Music

John Calvin argued that of all the gifts God has given us – music is the most powerful. Churches have spent a great deal of time discussing the role of music in public praise. However when we discuss the more general role of music in society, it is often in a condemnatory way. Is there such a thing as Christian music? What does secular music … Continue reading Persuasive Music

Ozzie Observations – Week 6 – The Artist has no Clothes – What the NSW Art Gallery tells us about Australia and the Westo

I love going to art galleries and our trip to the New South Wales Gallery near the Botanical gardens was no exception.  We saw some great paintings in the European and traditional Australian galleries – as well as some in the Asian.  And then…. Art galleries give us a real sense of where a culture has come from and where it is at.  What does … Continue reading Ozzie Observations – Week 6 – The Artist has no Clothes – What the NSW Art Gallery tells us about Australia and the Westo

LED 11 – Las Vegas Shooting – Catalonia – Teddy Taylor – Runrig – Transgender Sperm Frozen – Art for Dogs Sake – Lidl Leaves out the Cross – Africa’s Green Wall – Luther’s Quote

  Light Engaging Darkness no. 11 1) Las Vegas Shooting – As I write America is waking up to the horror of yet another mass killing by a gunman. A 64-year-old Nevada man, Stephen Paddock, killed at least 58 people attending a country music concert in Las Vegas.  Unfortunately there were those who were quick to make judgments and pronouncements. ISIS claimed that Mr. Paddock … Continue reading LED 11 – Las Vegas Shooting – Catalonia – Teddy Taylor – Runrig – Transgender Sperm Frozen – Art for Dogs Sake – Lidl Leaves out the Cross – Africa’s Green Wall – Luther’s Quote